The North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of November. The library is located at 317 W. U.S. 24. All activities are free, but registration is required. Call 816-252-0950.

Zoo to You: For ages 3 and older, 2 p.m. Nov. 2. Kansas City Zoo staff and docents will provide touchable artifacts and bring three or four animals for an informal presentation and discussion.

Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Nov. 3, 6, 13, 17, 27. Enjoy a special preschool playtime that is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. We offer stimulating and fun activities as well as the opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents.

Haunted Hotel: The Spirits of the Elms: For adults, 7 p.m. Nov. 5. The historic Elms Hotel & Spa has seen a lot over the years including many famous guests and a few of a ghostlier nature. Join paranormal investigator and researcher Becky Ray as she talks about the history of this famous hotel and the mysterious activity that continues to this day.

ELL/ESL Classes: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 13, 27. This group-friendly approach toward the mastery of English includes lessons recognizing three distinct areas of communication: conversational, academic, and professional. Conversations in each area focus on emergency, day-to-day, and special occurrences. Participants will learn through group, paired, and individual activities. Each session last 90 minutes.

Email for Beginners: For adults, 10 a.m. Nov. 7. Email is the most common form of communication used today. Learn to understand your inbox, as well as how to write effective emails.

Simple Steps to Starting Your Business: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Explore what it takes to start a business with expert advice from SCORE. Experienced SCORE volunteers offer an overview for starting a business, outline the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, identify the most profitable businesses, explore the key factors to start-up success, and cover the fundamentals of forming, organizing, marketing, and funding your venture.

The Book Stops Here: Presidential Book Group: 2 p.m. Nov. 8. Join Doug Richardson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitors Services at the Harry S Truman National Historic site, for an exploration into the lives of the American presidents, their influence on history, and the events of their times.

Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. Nov. 8. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

Teen Lock-In: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9. When the branch shuts down, it’s time to party it up! Permission slip required.

Beaded Turkey: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20. Gobble, gobble. Join Tina Gatewood in this two-part, hands-on class as she shows us how to make a beaded turkey. Makes a cute holiday decoration for any table. There is a one-time, hands-on materials fee of $14.

Beginning Word: For adults, 10 a.m. Nov. 14. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document.

Teens at the Library: 6 p.m. Nov. 15. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

Marketing for Existing or Start-Up Small Businesses: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Learn the basic principles of marketing a small business with help from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). SCORE volunteer Paulette Crawford offers a practical approach to marketing with methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. Find out about pricing, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing strategies.

Kid Reads: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. Nov. 16. Read it; love it; share it. Experience a book like never before.

Warm from the Oven: For adults, 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Join an award-winning culinary team to learn how to make mouth-watering, made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls. This hands-on instructional class will take you through the steps of making the dough, rolling the rolls, and creating a sweet icing from scratch. Each participant will leave with a pan full of doughy goodness to take home and bake.

Keeping Your Child Safe Online: 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Are you concerned about your child’s online safety? This program will introduce you to different strategies for keeping your child safe in today’s digital world.

Beginning Excel: For adults, 10 a.m. Nov. 21. Learn the basic terminology, spreadsheet navigation, and formula writing as you create and format a simple spreadsheet.

Helping Your Child with Homework: For adults, 7 p.m. Nov. 26. Learn to use the Library’s online resources to help your student with those tough assignments.

– Jillayne Ritchie